When I was a school librarian, I had a stock of draw-and-tell stories that I brought out for the elementary and preschool kids during holiday time. This year I’m getting ready to tell some Christmas Stories and found a great resource called Frog’s Riddle and other Draw-and-Tell Stories (Annick Press distributed by Firefly Books, 1994) by Richard Thompson. The book has a spiral binding, which means you won’t have to prop it open as you tell or learn the stories inside. Also, he provides a great introduction in which he talks about how to learn his stories, how to make your own draw-and-tell stories and how to encourage children to make and to tell them. The stories inside are all good…not forced as these kinds of stories can be. I particularly liked the story from which the book gets its title, Frog’s Riddle. The one I’m planning to learn for this season is Willy’s Gift. After each story Richard Thompson, gives ideas on how to use the story beyond just telling it. After Willy’s Gift, he said that it would be great as a Christmas story. I think he’s right.
Here are two more resources for paper stories..
Paper Stories by Jean Stangl published by Fearon Teacher Aids a division of David S. Lake Publishers in Belmont California, 1982. I’ve used a lot of the stories in here over time. My copy of the book is really worn out.
The Story Vine by Anne Pellowski published by Collier, 1984. This book contains string stories, riddle stories, doll stories as well as some drawing stories. My copy of this book is also falling apart from use.